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India's communists call for mass protests against Trump visit

INDIAN communists have called for a huge turnout at rallies opposing US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country, which begins tomorrow.

Protests will be held in Ahmedabad, Mr Trump’s first stop on the trip, and a giant rally will be held by the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organisation in Delhi, with support from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India (CPI).

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would open the country’s economy to US exploitation in return for diplomatic support over his incendiary Citizenship Amendment Act, which introduces anti-Muslim discrimination to asylum cases in a move opponents say violates India’s secular constitution.

“Trump tells that he is going to India to get a ‘big deal’. What is he wanting? Access for US agribusinesses to Indian markets by removing tariffs,” Mr Yechury said.

He pointed to huge US subsidies for agriculture, amounting to over £670 billion in 2019, which would leave Indian domestic producers unable to compete.

“Our farmers will be ruined. To force Modi to not succumb, protests against Trump’s visit must be held across India,” he declared.

CPI general secretary Doraisamy Raja said that the Modi government had abandoned an independent foreign policy in favour of subordinating itself to “US imperialist power, while America continues to impose its hegemonic policies on the world along with its brazen hostilities towards Cuba, Palestine, Iran and others.”

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